Local Resources

Sometimes, we’re not the ideal fit. Maybe we’re fully booked, or maybe there’s something you’re looking for that we don’t provide. If that’s the case, we’d love to help you find what you’re looking for in our part of this gorgeous island. While we have not personally vetted all the options listed here, we wanted to help both our guests and our neighbours by giving non-locals a place to start looking for whatever you’d like to find in the NW corner of Lewis (and beyond!).

Listings in these categories are ordered alphabetically or by distance (closest to furthest).

Cross Inn's Beer Garden
Cross Inn’s Beer Garden

Cross Inn (2.4 miles away) — Bed & Breakfast, pub, beer garden, and restaurant

Galson Farm (7.6 miles away) — Bed & Breakfast with evening meals for residents

Borve Country House Hotel (9.3 miles away) — Hotel and restaurant

The Breakwater dining room
The Breakwater’s Dining Room

Wobbly Dog of Lewis (0.7 miles away) — pet friendly cafe with lots of delicious looking baked goods

The Breakwater Cafe (1.4 miles away) — daytime, evening meals, and takeaway service

Cross Inn (2.4 miles away) — pub and restaurant

Borve Country House Hotel (9.3 miles away) — restaurant open to non-residents (except on Sundays)

Edith & Finlay's Habost Hens
Edith & Finlay’s Habost Hens

Edith and Finlay’s Habost Hens — Small family hen/duck enterprise selling both types of eggs, we pride ourselves in the quality of the eggs!

Raven Rock Sea Products Ltd. — Local rope grown mussels from Loch Leurbost. They are well established and are FSA- Food Standards Agency approved and their products are tested regularly. To order, call Donald MacInnes at 07909 272 023.

Stramash Honesty Box — We have a roadside honesty box in Cross selling a variety of different bakes and makes. We sell a range of Oaties, Jams, Relishes and at the weekend we have some special bakes, cakes and sweet treats on offer. Located at 22B Cross, the Stramash Shed is open Mon-Sat from 10am to 7pm in the Summer months and 6pm in the winter, while stocks last. There is an honesty box sign at the main road with two car parking spaces safely off the road for customers to use while they browse.

Eoropie Beach
Eoropie Beach

Eoropie Dunes Playpark and Beach — (pronounced: ee-your-uh-pee) award-winning playpark in a spectacular setting, just 5-10 minutes walk down the road.

Loch Stiapabhat Nature Reserve & Observatory — Across the street from The Decca, Loch Stiapabhat is a large, nutrient-rich loch in Ness, in the north west of the Isle of Lewis. It is a shallow loch with an estimated maximum depth of 5m, and is 7m above average sea level, covering an area of around 2.5 hectares. It has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and in 2005, it was declared a Local Nature Reserve – the only one in the Western Isles. The Reserve is home to a Nature Observatory which makes the Reserve’s extraordinary wildlife much more accessible, both to the local community and to visitors to this part of Lewis.

Spòrsnis — Behind and next door to The Decca, is the island’s only 10-pin bowling alley, gym, softly area (for babies/ toddlers), sauna, and sports centre. Also has an electric car charging station.

Please check out Our Wee Blog for more information on the local sights!

Full Moon Felting
Full Moon Felting

Carol Burgis Ceramics — I’ve lived in Fivepenny since 2005 after working as an art teacher and art therapist in Lancashire. I make handbuilt stoneware vessels, jugs and dishes inspired by the beach landscapes I cycle or run to regularly. I teach classes at An Lanntair in Stornoway and sell my work from home and in outlets on Lewis.

Full Moon Felting — Philly Hare creates her unique feltings at her home in Fivepenny, Ness. Her needle-felting technique combines threads of fine merino wool and mulberry silk into dramatic land-, sea- and sky-scapes. You can buy Philly’s work here at The Decca, at two local cafes — the Breakwater and the Wobbly Dog — or email phillyhare@gmail.com.

Cross Stores - Home of the Ness Black Pudding
Cross Stores – Home of the Ness Black Pudding

Cross Stores — Our local shop. They’re a licensed grocer (great selection of craft beers too!) and necessaries shop with butcher, deli counter, bakery, gifts and souvenirs. The famous Ness Black Pudding is handmade here.

Ness Charity Shop & Laundrette — just what it says! (Also the place we got some of our amazing furniture!)

Comunn Eachdraidh Nis
Comunn Eachdraidh Nis — Ness Historical Society

Fios — our local newspaper — published every 2 weeks and available for delivery (even if you’re not a local!)

Galson Estate Community Trust — local community trust, whose vision is “A thriving and well-connected community with excellent local services and amenities, harnessing its natural assets to sustain a unique cultural and social environment.”

Ness Historical Society (Comunn Eachdraidh Nis) — The local historical society was established in 1977 and houses some of the old Decca Station radio equipment. It also houses an accredited museum, local history archive and many genealogical records for the North Lewis area. The archive has been carefully collected and maintained by their dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters for over 40 years. The newly refurbished centre also offers a cafe and gift shop supporting local producers.

Elsewhere on Lewis and Harris...

There’s so much to see and do on the island! Here are some options for the other parts of Lewis and Harris.

More info coming soon!

More info coming soon!

More info coming soon!

More info coming soon!

West Haven Pork — Based in Carloway, on the Isle of Lewis, we raise rare breed Oxford Sandy and Black (OSB) pigs. We believe in giving our pigs what makes them happy. Ground to dig, good food and plenty of scratching and cuddles. Good clean air, chemical free grasses, mosses and heather moorland along with properly certified foods, combine with the excellent properties of our OSBs to produce succulent and tasty pork.

Are You Our Neighbour?

We are happy to support our neighbours and community in all good-hearted ventures. If you’re local and you’d like to be listed here, please email us. Make sure to include: (1) a website or social media page we can link to (so people can find you), and (2) a short description of who you are/ what you do (maximum: 50 words).